Top-Notch Legal Professionals Join Cooley Tampa Bay Campus Faculty
"We are excited to have top-notch legal professionals join Cooley at our Tampa Bay campus, as we educate the next generation of practice-ready attorneys."
Jeff Martlew, Associate Dean for the Tampa Bay Campus and Professor
February 22, 2012 – Cooley Law School Associate Dean Jeffrey Martlew has announced the school's initial Tampa Bay campus faculty, who will be in place when classes start this spring. Joining Cooley's staff is prominent Florida attorney Carolyn House Stewart, and three current Cooley professors from the school's Michigan campuses; John Scott, Brendan Beery and Ronald Sutton.
"We are excited to have top-notch legal professionals join Cooley at our Tampa Bay campus, as we educate the next generation of practice-ready attorneys," said Martlew. "Carolyn House Stewart has more than 34 years of experience in the legal profession, and John Scott, Brendan Beery and Ronald Sutton bring more than 63 years of practical, legal teaching skills."
Carolyn House Stewart
Stewart will teach Contract Law to Cooley's incoming class at Tampa Bay. She is currently a shareholder in Macfarlane, Ferguson & McMullen, one of Florida’s oldest law firms. She has been with the firm since 1994, handling cases in the firm's civil litigation, casualty and labor law sections. Stewart received her Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1978. She has practiced before the U.S. District Courts for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th and 11th circuits. Stewart is also licensed to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and recently completed a five year term on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners.
Professor John Scott will teach Property Law at Cooley's Tampa Bay campus. Scott joined Cooley’s faculty in 1978. Before that, Scott specialized in family law, criminal law, property and bankruptcy litigation. Scott received his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan. He administered Cooley's Trial Workshop program for 10 years and coached Cooley teams in ABA, ATLA, and NACDL National Trial Competitions for law students. Scott is the national co-chair (with Cooley Professor Gerald MacDonald) of the NACDL Criminal Trial Competition. They co-author the case-file problems used in that competition every year.
Professor Brendan Beery will teach Constitutional and Criminal Law. Beery joined Cooley's full time faculty in 2003. He received his Juris Doctor from Cooley Law School in 1998. Thereafter, he served as a research attorney for the Michigan Court of Appeals and then went into private practice, first as an associate with the law firm of Thrun, Maatsch & Nordberg, P.C., and then as a partner in the firm of Mahjoory, Mahjoory & Beery P.L.C. Professor Beery served as an adjunct professor at Cooley before joining the full time faculty.
Professor Ronald Sutton has been teaching at Cooley for more than 20 years. Sutton received his Juris Doctor from Wayne State University Law School. Before joining Cooley’s full time faculty in 2011, Sutton served as the Deputy Circuit/Probate Court Administrator-Attorney Referee for the 56th Judicial Circuit Court in Eaton County, Mich. He was president of Sutton Sports Management Co. from 1998-2010, where he was involved with worldwide representation of professional basketball players, coaches and broadcasters. Before that, he was a shareholder with the law firm of Fraser, Trebilcock, Davis & Dunlap, P.C. Sutton will be teaching Torts.
Cooley's Tampa Bay campus is located at 9445 Camden Field Parkway, Riverview, Fla. Construction began in Sept. 2011 to upgrade the existing building on that site into a new, state-of-the-art law school. The Tampa Bay campus will begin offering evening classes on May 7, followed by morning classes in September, then afternoon classes in January, 2013. Cooley's full curriculum will be rolled out over a three-year period.
About Cooley Law School: Founded in 1972, the Thomas M. Cooley Law School is a private, nonprofit, independent law school accredited by the American Bar Association and the Higher Learning Commission. Cooley has provided its more than 15,000 graduates with the practical skills necessary for a seamless transition from academia to the real world. Cooley offers its Juris Doctor program, Joint Degree programs, and Master of Laws programs three times a year with enrollment in January, May and September. Cooley Law School has campuses across Michigan in Lansing, Auburn Hills, Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor, and its new campus in Tampa Bay, Florida.